Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Nurse Staffing Effects on Patient Outcomes

Background: Nurse staffing has been linked to hospital patient outcomes; however, previous results were inconsistent because of variations in measures of staffing and were only rarely specific to types of patient care units. Objective: To determine the relationship between nurse staffing in general and intensive care units and patient outcomes and determine whether safety net status affects this relationship. Research Design: A cross-sectional design used data from hospitals belonging to the University Health System Consortium.

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Journal: Medical Care Volume 49, Number 4, April 2011

Authors: Mary A. Blegen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Colleen J. Goode, PhD, RN, FAAN,w Joanne Spetz, PhD, Thomas Vaughn, PhD,z and Shin Hye Park, MS, RN, PhD(c)

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